THE CONGRESS: Sacrificial Mood

By democratic design, the lower house of Congress is bound close to the U. S.

people. Senators with six-year terms enjoy a certain insulation from popular sentiment, but two-year Representatives are never farther than the next election from the horny, hovering hands at home. And Representatives, who alone may initiate tax bills, have traditionally refused even to think about new taxes in an election year.

But last week,'a bare five months before the 1940 elections, Republican Bruce Barton informed his colleagues in the House: "Our people today are in a mood for self-sacrifice. The desire to do something, to give something...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!